Alex Rowley

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Alex Rowley
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Assumed office
15 August 2015
Leader Kezia Dugdale
Preceded by Kezia Dugdale
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Cowdenbeath
Assumed office
23 January 2014
Preceded by Helen Eadie
Majority 5,488 (27.35%)
Personal details
Born (1963-11-30)30 November 1963
Dunfermline, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour Party
Children 3
Residence Kelty, Fife
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Religion Roman Catholic

Alex Rowley is the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party since 15 August 2015 and a member of the Scottish Parliament for Cowdenbeath, elected at the Cowdenbeath by-election in January 2014.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dunfermline and raised in Kelty, he was educated at St Columba's High School Dunfermline and Newbattle Abbey College Dalkeith, and at Edinburgh University graduating with an MA Honours in Sociology and Politics, and an MSc in community education.[1]

Political career[edit]

Rowley was General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party from May 1998 to May 1999. He was first elected to Fife Regional Council in 1990 when he was Chairman of Finance, and he later became the first leader of the new Fife Council, a position he returned to in 2012 until his election to the Scottish Parliament in 2014.

Prior to his election as an MSP he was a Fife councillor (re-elected in 2007) and Labour Council Group Leader.[2] He has three grown up children and one granddaughter. He worked as an education official with the TUC and worked for five years as an assistant, election agent and constituency manager to Gordon Brown. He has been considered Gordon Brown's right-hand man and protégé.[3][4] He stood in the 2011 Scottish election as a Labour candidate for Dunfermline.

He declared his candidacy for the Scottish Labour Party's 2015 deputy leadership election, and was elected on the 15th of August 2015.


  1. ^ "BMMS May 1999". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Labour denies London control claim". 
  3. ^ "Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Labour needs miracle to stay on in Scotland". 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  4. ^ Jack O'Sullivan Scotland Correspondent (1999-05-21). "Parliament: Scotland: Labour sacks Scots party chief – News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 

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